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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Valinda
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Valinda in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Valinda:
Records indicate that 136 girls in the United States have been named Valinda since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1954, when 136 people in the U.S. were given the name Valinda. Those people are now 60 years old.
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Comments about the name Valinda
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19 Positive Comments
"My name is Valinda. I've known one other Valinda. I live in California near the city Valinda. My nicknames are Val and Vee. People have called me Belinda, Melinda, Valerie and Vanilla. Like someone mentioned before I guess it's hard to remember Valinda. I like that my name isn't very common." Dec. 13, 2012:
"my late sister was named 'Valinda' at her birth in 1957. she too was named after a comic strip character during that time. unfortunately my sister was a bit of hell on wheels person and no one will ever used her name for future family members. my cousins called her 'Bullinda' behind her back. even so, i miss her very much." Nov. 26, 2012:
"My name is also Valinda. I was named after my great aunt and I absolutely love it. I was born in 1981. When people see my name they think that I am black, which is funny because I have met one other Valinda and she was black. I am in fact white." Aug. 25, 2012:
"My name is Zipporah which is also a unique biblical name but my younger sister name is Valinda and it is quite interesting. i love her name and no one pronounces it wrong at all. Everyone always have problems with my name though. My sister pronounces her name as Vah-Len-Dah. And my name is pronounced as Zah-Poor-Rah lol." Aug. 14, 2012:
"My name is Valinda and my mom thought she made it up using her name and my sisters name: (Val)erie and Rosa(linda) - one L. haha yeah well now we see how that turned out. Ever since i was little I have been complimented on my name and how beautiful it is. I absolutely love my name and my dream is to one day visit the city Valinda in California that i found out about like a year ago." Apr. 12, 2012:
"I too am Valinda and was born in 1947. I have never met anyone with that name but was aware of the city in California with that me. Like others, misprounouciations are common." Jan. 11, 2012:
"My middle name is Valinda and I gave it to my first daughter as her first name because I have always loved the name.
My name came from a comic strip in the newspaper in southern California in the early 50's. From what my mother told me the character was named Valinda Lee and was a Brenda Starr type character - the strip just didn't stay around as long.
I was teased about my name as a child more than my daughter was. Valinda - Vanilla lead to Chocolate, it was the 60's. Since it was my middle name I did not really suffer from mis-spelling issues. My daughter's most common experience was 'Velinda'.
Her husband has a client who is also a writer for CSI and as a birthday surprise had Valinda used in a CSI script. My daughter was able to chose who Valinda would be and chose to be a victim in the show. The actress playing the female lead that episode could NOT remember Valinda so she shortened it to 'Val' but the 'phone records' shown had Valinda spelled out." Sep. 22, 2011:
"I Love my name and like many others have been misscalled. The one I dislike the most is Val. I have also never met someone with my name. Let me say If I can.. That This name is very unique and beautiful and So it seems... is everyone that has been given the name. Hats off to you wonderful parents that have picked such a wonderful name and fate for their child. A name says alot about character.. hopefully as a small minority we can keep pride and honor to our name. Good luck ladies and I wish you the best In your life.. maybe one day we will meet." Sep. 20, 2011:
"My name is Valinda too. I enjoyed the stories about my name. So much of what everyone said sounded very! very! familiar. I too am frequently referred to as Belinda, Melinda, and Valerie or Val. I once had a client who decided to name their child after me and called her Belinda. Oh well! I guess it's the thought that counts
The only thing I know about where my name came from was that it came from the obituary colume of "The Canton Repository." Valentine is a very old family name. My Father's first name is Val. He was named after his Grandfather, Valentine. My Mother decided to name my sister and I after our Father. My sister is named Valerie. They were looking for a name with Val in it for me, and found Valinda in the Obituary colume of our local newspaper.
Just in case your curious, the obituary was for the girl's Father. She was listed as survivor. I met her about a decade ago, and asked her were her name came from. She said her Father, who was an English Teacher at a local High School, made the name up after seeing the play "Johnny Belinda."" Jun. 27, 2011:
"I have always loved my name. Unique and original. In grade school they called me Vanilla because for some odd reason, Valinda was hard to remember. I have been at my current job 5 years now, and since I was hired, they've hired a Linda and a Melinda. Now I just go by "V"." Nov. 11, 2010:
"My new girlfriend's name is Valinda. I think its a very nice name, it sounds lady like. In my girfriend's case it is very fitting because it kind of describes her charachter...she's very attractive. She is very full of life and loving. She is also the only woman I Know by that name." Nov. 7, 2010:
"I am another Valinda and love my name. My mom said it came from a comic strip in the state I was born. I have enjoyed the uncommon name and know it is very unique. I wouldn't change it......" Sep. 15, 2010:
"This is my name and as many have stated I also get different spellings and pronuncations of it. I never knew the meaning and like one other person I was told I was named after someone out side of my family.
It is interesting to know that there are only 136 of us out there... even if a few a already gone. Makes one feel extremely special and blessed to be included in this unique name group! Heres agreat big YEE HAW to all the Valinda's out there!" Jun. 30, 2010:
"My girlfriend's name is Valinda!! N she is the sweetest n most beautiful person i know. The first time i pronounced her name, i felt it was some kind of a magical word... Valinda Valindaaa! And am pretty sure it is. :) I feel lucky to have a girlfriend named Valinda m c ^.^
Bizou c moi." Oct. 3, 2009:
"My name is Valinda, and I love my name. I receive compliments every time someone hears my name for the first time. I did not realize that there were so many other Valinda's. I always felt special and unique with my name. People often think my name is Melinda or Belinda but I do not mind nor do I correct them. I am asked often where it came from or what does it mean? I usually respond with my parents were trying to be unique and knew someone with the name. I have always thought it meant "pretty", I like "pretty valley" and "beautiful valley" as well." Sep. 18, 2009:
"I love my name and like someone else said, I'm always getting compliments. I get "Belinda" and "Melinda" fairly often at places like Starbucks, but it's not that bad.
I've heard it means Beautiful Treasure or Beautiful Valley." Sep. 3, 2009:
"This is my wife's name. She likes the name but finds it constantly mis-spelled. She is not sure of it's origin. She was told that it was the name of a famous Russian ballerina. My wife wants to visit Valinda California. She was born near Valentines Day so it kinda fits." Feb. 1, 2009:
"People love my name. They think its Unique and a change from everyday names like Mary or Elizabeth. I have loved my name since I was little and wouldn't change it for anything. :)" Jan. 11, 2009:
"My boyfriends moms name is Valinda I think its beautiful. It's going to be our daughters middle name" Dec. 21, 2008:
1 Negative Comment
"My name is Valinda and people think I'm a snob because of my name!" Jul. 17, 2008:
24 Neutral Comments
"My name is Valinda. I am Scottish/English. In ancient Gaelish, Val means strong or valiant, and Linda is a variant of "lind" which means like a dragon or snake. Therefore, in my ancestry, Valinda means "valiant dragon". I love the name and think it is unique." Aug. 10, 2014:
"My middle name is Valinda, my first name is Catherine. Childhood friends calls me Linda others call me Cathy. I have travelled the world and I prefer Valinda. I am so glad to hear of others! Let's just live up to our name!" Jul. 7, 2014:
"My Mom wanted to name me Linda,however my aunt had a girl two weeks before I was born-she named her Linda! As the story goes, my Mom was irate and found a new name-Valinda. Her sister lived in CA. near Valinda,CA. I don't know if that's where she got it from. I'm not sure I always liked it as a child as my initials were V.W.-always last and I thought it strange no one else had my name. However, I love it now and through the years(mostly the past 20) I have come across a few more with my name (sometimes different spellings)-even a cousins 2nd wife who had a daughter from a previous marriage named that. I am 66 and live in Utah." Jan. 27, 2014:
"Hi all, as you all my name is "Valinda" and yes everyone misspells it. I tell them "V" as in Victory. Did some research years ago and found the name is a form of "Val" meaning strong, but with a female suffix "inda".. I was born in "57" in Long Beach, Ca. to a Navy couple who lived in Los Angelos County at the time. . Also had a great aunt who was also named Valinda. The first Valinda I met is when I saw a restaurant by that name. I had to stop and meet this other Valinda who sat in a booth with a broken leg. Met a few since then." Nov. 24, 2013:
"My name is Valinda, I was born in 1956. my Mom told me the same story that I have read here that she got it from the funny papers! I was am "Army Brat" and lived all over the United States and never meet another Valinda! I always loved my name but hated it that nobody could ever get it right! I have spent most of my life spelling my name...V as in Victor! But it made me unique and I loved that! I never liked being called Val, my Aunts on my Mom's side use to call me "Linnie Lou" but my brothers called me Sissy. My baby brother use to call me "Vial-Linda" because I was vial and mean to him! I have recently met another Valinda by using social media. It was grat to make the connection!" Aug. 30, 2013:
"My daighter is Valinda Lea named after a sweet southern belle in the comic strip Little Annie Rooney.My Name is Valoris so I loved this name and this was close to my name.The comic strip [Valinda] was a beutiful dark haired girl with full skirts and very dainty" Aug. 24, 2013:
"My name is VELINDA and i love it.Everyne pronounces it Valinda but my father says it is VEL (as in velveta cheese).He said he wanted an unexpected name since i was "unexpected"." Apr. 7, 2013:
"My name is Valinda. I'm from Cleveland, OH, born year 1980. I truly love my name because its rare and get a lot of compliments as well. I just hate when people mispronounce it. I tell them, 'think of Valerie or valentine'. My mother says she found it in a newspaper, as if her name, Belinda, didn't have anything to do with it!" Feb. 27, 2013:
"I AM VALINDA AND MY DAD SAID MY NAME AS IF IT WAS WRITTEN "VA LYNN DA" WITH THE LYNN AS THE MAIN SOUND OF THE NAME. I WAS TOLD THERE WAS A POPULAR FRENCH ACTRESS IN 1951, THE YEAR I WAS BORN. DAD SEEMED TO GIVE MY NAME A TOTALLY DIFFERENT PRONUNCIATION THAN ANYONE ELSE NAMED VALINDA OR THAT I HAVE EVER HEARD OF. IT IS USUALLY PRONOUNCED WRONG. NOT ONE PERSON HAS EVER SAID IT LIKE MY DAD AND I WOULD THINK HE WOULD KNOW WHAT HE NAMED ME. I WAS TOLD BY A WOMAN FROM BRAZIL THAT IT WAS A PORTUGUESE AND POSSIBLY FRENCH NAME. THAT DID NOT MAKE SENSE TO ME. IN MEXICO I WAS CALLED BELINDA AND THAT WAS TERRIBLE AS NONE OF THEM COULD SAY THE "V" SOUND ANY WAY., BUT WERE WONDERFUL PEOPLE. AS I HAVE ALREADY SAID, I HAVE NEVER MET ANYONE WITH THE SAME NAME THAT SOUNDS LIKE MINE, EVEN IF IT IS SPELLED THE SAME." Feb. 19, 2013:
"My name is Valinda. I was born in 1956. My mother always said she got it from a cartoon character. My 2nd cousin is named VaLynda. I also had a high school librarian named Valinda. It must have been really popular in West Texas back in the 1930's to 1950's. I always thought it was wierd until I started work and met Ulinda and Ralinda. It made me appreciate my own." Jan. 28, 2013:
"My name is valinda and i live in the netherlands.The most name i found are in america in the netherlands you don't here it.
My name is made of the last name of my grandfather (that is linde) and (the...va) is coming from the name ''father''(in holland cold vader)The sound of valinde was not good so the made valinda" Oct. 14, 2012:
"Hello My name is Valinda Im 52 years old and Im from Akron ohio, My mother got the name from a street that use to exist here called Valinda's place. I love my name and so do others." Jun. 4, 2012:
"My maternal grandmother's first name is Valinda and it is such a beautiful name. It really suits her." Jun. 3, 2012:
"Valentine is a very old family name. My father's was named Val after my great grandpa who was named Valentine. My mother wanted to name my sister and I after our father. My sister was named Valerie, but they couldn't decide on a name to give me.
They noticed in the Obituary Column of The Canton Repository (our local newspaper) an English teacher had died and his four year old daughter, Valinda, was listed as a survivor. This occurred just before my birth in 1962. So I was named Valinda after a girl I had yet to meet.
Thirty years or so would pass before I would happen to meet her. I had to ask her where she got her name from. She told me her father made it up after seeing the play, "Johnny Belinda."
Oh! I too get called a variety of different names-Melinda, Belinda, and Valerie. Someone I knew decided to name their child after me and called her Belinda. Well, I guess it's the thought that counts." Apr. 14, 2012:
"I am Valinda as well! I get so many compliments about my name so I am honored that my mother chose it for me! Hello to all you other Valinda's!!" Mar. 22, 2012:
"i do not know anyone else by this name and i am totally suprised that there so many that do share this name. i personally only use this name for legal purposes, i otherwise go by nickname given from my father , which is wendy. GOD BLESS" Sep. 29, 2011:
"I am also called Valinda. I am from South Africa. I only know 2 Valinda's in South Africa and would love to know whether there are any more of us in South Africa. I was born one day after my grandmother (obviously years later) and she had the privilage to name me. She heard my name from Siembamba (a children's radio program). I don't mind people calling me Belinda, Melinda or Vanilla, but I take care in correcting them, so that they know my real name. I think it is very special and unique. I get a lot of compliments on my name and love it!!" Sep. 15, 2011:
"My name is Valinda also. To all of the Valinda's, I understand being called Melinda, Belinda, Val, etc.. The person that named me passed away when I after I was born. My mom had a cousin that was pregnant at the same time. When she heard the name, she decided to name her daughter Valinda. I was born first so my mom named me Valinda. Needless to say she was very upset. I use to hate my name. But as I got older and realized how unique it was I began to love it. As as matter of fact I am celebrating my birthday on this very day, July 12." Jul. 11, 2011:
"My name is as well Valinda and i have been called melinda belinda and stuff like that i have never mean anyone with my name ever i think its unique and original and i love it =) cause im unigue and original" Mar. 22, 2011:
"My name is Valinda. Most people don't remember my name. Because it is so unusual. They will call me Melinda or Belinda. Or they remember it begins with a V so they call me Valerie or Vanessa or Vatilda or Vidalia or Velveeta or anything that begins with a V. I've never met anyone named Valinda. I, personally think it is a beautiful name. I write it for people, it seems to be easier to remember once you see it. It is pronounced exactly how it looks. Valinda" Jan. 5, 2011:
"Valinda is Russian Gypsy name,it means good fortune - you can find many Valindas in Russian circus Kazequtiana." Dec. 8, 2010:
"My name is valinda I always hated it when I was growing up.( in the 70's) Then I thought well it's unique like myself." May. 10, 2010:
"My name is Valinda. It is an unusual name. (my mom made it up......or so she thought!) My nick-name is Val, which is easier for people to pronounce, but when people want to call me by me full name, they usually call me Valerie.......so, I have to explain my name and its spelling quite a lot. Don't mind most of the time, but there are times when I DON'T like being called "Valerie". It's 6 of one, half-dozen of the other.....oh well." Jan. 24, 2010:
"Valinda is the what i named my first born daughter. The name came from Valinda Calif, which is in the San Gabriel Valley. "Valle lindo" preaty Valley! It was my first loves name, now its my most loved name!" Aug. 16, 2009:
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